NCAA Men’s Basketball Power Rankings and Bracketology

basketball power rankings and bracketology 02.09.21

NCAA Men’s Basketball Power Rankings #1-10

  1. Gonzaga (18-0)

This is the first week I actually thought about swapping Gonzaga and Baylor. The Bulldogs tried to book a quality non-conference game this weekend but had no luck. They were in conversation with Houston but it eventually fell through.

Kenpom now has Gonzaga ranked behind Baylor. Gonzaga seems to have taken their foot off the gas of late, but a game at BYU this week should re-engage the Bulldogs. 

Corey Kispert is lining himself up for an unheard of season in college basketball. He is shooting over 48% from three-point range, 67% from two-point range, averaging 19.9 points per game and more than 3 three pointers hit per game. If he can get the average back above 20 points, it will be the first time this has ever happened.

  1. Baylor (17-0)

The Bears are playing unbelievable well. The only time someone has come within 10 points is a 68-60 win over Texas Tech back on January 16th. 

Baylor now has wins over Illinois on a neutral floor, at Texas Tech and at Texas. In my opinion, this is slightly better than Gonzaga’s neutral floor wins over Iowa, Virginia, Kansas and West Virginia. 

Baylor and Gonzaga put more distance between themselves and the rest of the field on a weekly basis. Jared Butler has proven he finds another gear in the big games. Against Kansas and Texas he put up 30 and 21 points respectively.

  1. Michigan (13-1)

The Wolverines stay in the three spot for the fourth straight rankings. The Wolverines haven’t played since January 22nd, but will return this Thursday against Illinois. With the way Illinois has been playing the Wolverines will need to knock the rust off very quickly.

  1. Illinois (13-5)

Illinois has climbed up six spots from the number ten ranking. The Fighting Illini might be the most capable team of winning the title outside of Gonzaga and Baylor.


The duo of Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn have found another gear of late. Dosunmu showed his NBA lottery potential against Wisconsin with a triple-double. 

Dosunmu had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Cockburn had another double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Illinois has won four straight games and have a huge game against Michigan on Thursday.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Power Rankings and Bracketology
  1. Houston (16-2)

Houston has held their spot at number five despite a loss against East Carolina. The Cougars had their worst performance of the year, but took it out on Our Lady of the Lakes with a 112-46 beatdown.

Houston’s elite defense has them staying above the rest of the group which have all suffered losses in the last seven days. If Houston can figure things out on offense they can find themselves in the Final Four

  1. Ohio State (15-4)

The Buckeyes have joined the Illini in sky rocketing up the Big Ten standings. Ohio State has won four straight games and has the most quad 1 wins every anyone in college basketball with eight.

Chris Holtmann would be my pick for coach of the year. He has the Buckeyes with the fourth most efficient offense, despite lacking any for sure NBA talent.

The Buckeyes moved up six spots as well from 12th in my rankings last week. EJ Liddell and Justice Sueing have gotten better on a weekly basis and will give opposing coaches nightmares the rest of the season.

  1. Virginia (13-3)

The Cavaliers are up two spots from number nine last week. Virginia’s defense isn’t quite as elite as usual but still ranks 25th in the nation, while the offense is 9th. 

Jay Huff and Sam Hauser have become an almost unstoppable front court duo when they are both on the court. Hauser has an effective field goal percentage of 62.9% and Huff is at 71.2%. The 71.2% ranks seventh in the nation.

  1. Alabama (15-5)

Alabama holds their spots at number eight after splitting contests against LSU and an underappreciated Missouri team. Most people think of Nate Oats as an offensive genius but the Crimson Tide defense is ranked second in efficiency.

John Petty Jr. is the most efficient offensive player for Alabama, Look for Oats to start running more of the offense through Petty.

  1. Iowa (13-6)

The Hawkeyes have fallen three spots from number six. Iowa lost two straight and four of their last five games. This Iowa defense, which was never very good, has somehow managed to get worse.

Luka Garza’s chances at National Player of the Year may depend on where the Hawkeyes finish in the Big Ten. Can you give the award to a player whose team finishes sixth in the conference?

  1. Villanova (12-2)

It was a tough week for ranked teams with almost everyone outside of Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Ohio State suffered a loss and dropped six spots in my rankings. Villanova was handed their loss by a St. John’s team that is playing their way into the NCAA Tournament. 

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Power Rankings #11-25

  1. San Diego State +13
  2. Texas -5
  3. Wisconsin +2
  4. Texas Tech -1
  5. Tennessee -1
  6. Colorado -5
  7. Florida State +1 
  8. USC +5
  9. Loyola-Chicago +2
  10. Oklahoma -5
  11. West Virginia -1
  12. Creighton -5
  13. Missouri -4
  14. Indiana +1
  15. Arkansas (NEW)

NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracketology

Keep in mind where the power rankings are more about how good I think teams actually are, bracketology is putting them where I think the committee would have them if the season ended today.

  • 1 Seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Ohio State

  • 2 Seeds

Illinois, Houston, Villanova and Alabama

  • 3 Seeds

Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee and USC

  • 4 Seeds

Texas Tech, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Florida State

  • 5 Seeds

Iowa, Creighton, Texas and Oklahoma 

  • 6 Seeds

Colorado, Virginia Tech, Purdue and Rutgers

  • 7 Seeds

Indiana, Florida, Clemson and San Diego State

  • 8 Seeds

UCLA, Oklahoma State, Xavier and Loyola-Chicago 

  • 9 Seeds

BYU, Louisville, Kansas and Minnesota

  • 10 Seeds

St. Bonaventure, Arkansas, North Carolina and Seton Hall

  • 11 Seeds

Drake, Stanford, UCONN and Oregon

  • 12 Seeds

Utah State/St. Louis, Boise State/Richmond, Toledo and Wright State

  • 13 Seeds

Belmont, Winthrop, UAB and Colgate 

  • 14 Seeds

Wofford, Liberty, UC Santa Barbara and South Dakota

  • 15 Seeds

Grand Canyon, Abilene Christian, Vermont and  Texas State

  • 16 Seeds

Prairie View A&M/Morgan State, Bryant/Siena, Northeastern, Eastern Washington

  • First Four Out: Colorado State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Penn State, 
  • Next Four Out: Maryland, VCU, Syracuse and St. John’s
About Anthony Nelson 10 Articles
Love writing and researching sports and sports gambling. Where can you find an edge and the smart ways to bet? Huge college basketball and MLB fan but follow all sports. Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, and Illinois State fan. Been writing for Knup Sports for two years and been doing bracketology for the last three seasons. Top 10 ranked in new bracketologist by bracketmatrix.com. Business Manager by day, writer by hobby.

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